CSIR remote sensing specialists studied satellite imagery of South Africa’s savanna system over the period 2001 to 2018 which showed that as the climate became drier, farms were abandoned, which in turn led to an increase in tree cover.
“The grass-tree co-existence of the Savanna is crucial to the provision of important ecosystem services, including grazing and browsing resources to livestock and wildlife; and the provision of food and medicinal plants to the human community,” says CSIR remote sensing specialist, Dr Moses Cho.
The CSIR’s Dr Patience Mthunzi-Kufa is leading the charge in developing laser-based diagnostic tools to detect HIV and tuberculosis, as well as to screen for substandard medicine. As research group leader of the CSIR’s biophotonics group, Mthunzi-Kufa led the team whose research has now been published in the Journal of Biophotonics and cited in the Advanced Science News, an online library that highlights new and exciting developments from across a broad spectrum of scientific disciplines.
The Tshwane Women in Transport (TWIT) announced its partnership with HERE Technologies – leaders in digitised mapping and pioneers of in-car navigation systems since 1985 – by launching the digital mapping programme at the CSIR recently.
Addressing TWIT members at the launch, City of Tshwane Member of Mayoral Committee for Roads and Transport Councillor Lynn Senkubuge said by engaging women and men, together, towards gender equality ‘South Africans will make it happen’.
Call for applications
The Department of Science and Innovation (DSI) and the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) invite applications for a bursary under the DSI-CSIR Inter-Bursary Support (IBS) Programme grant scheme.The IBS postgraduate bursary is intended for full-time studies at any South African public university. Read more...
The CSIR Smart Mobility Cluster presented its research on various transport systems and operations at Southern African Transport Conference (SATC) – a premier conference in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) annual calendar.
The CSIR Smart Mobility cluster provides a critical core of transport infrastructure engineering, and transport systems and operations technology knowledge and expertise through research, development and implementation of technologies and applications in South Africa and the continent.
The Minister of Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation, Lindiwe Sisulu, officially launched The Neighbourhood Planning and Design Guide on 9 July 2019 in Cape Town. The CSIR was contracted by the Department of Human Settlements to update and revise the previous guide, commonly known as the Red Book, published in 2000. The new Red Book supports the development of sustainable human settlements by providing practical guidance related to the planning and design of the services and infrastructure typically provided as part of a neighbourhood development project.
Over 600 learners from schools across Gauteng province will be exposed to various technologies developed by the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) to curb climate change in the country.
The CSIR will be hosting grade 10 to 12 learners who have maths and science as their subjects at its annual career day in Pretoria on Friday, 2 August 2019.
In late May, the CSIR represented by Board Chairperson, Professor Thokozani Majozi, and CEO, Dr Thulani Dlamini, announced that it has developed and adopted a new strategy and structure. The fundamental objective of this new approach, created under a programme called Project Synapse, is to strengthen the CSIR’s support for and development of South African industry. Read more...